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Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 | Author:

Heyy, soo sorry about the delay between my last post. Life here has been so excited and entertaining. I’ve been having a blast checking out the night life here in Cork. I’ve some great friends here, and we’re a force to be reckoned with. Everyone around here is a lot of good craic! Each night is very different around here though. So you have to make sure you go to the right places on the right nights.

Sunday+Monday: Okay nights, but they’re kind of slow. Nothing bad though. I could go out on Sundays due to the fact I have no classes on Monday, but I usually stay in and relax with a good dinner.

Tusdays+Thursday: Now these would be the nights to go out. Don’t ask me why, but every place is packed. Most of the clubs have student nights on Tuesday, so it’s easy to go dancing. Havana Browns is great. It’s a multi floor club with multiple dance floors, and good seating areas. Every other night of the week Havana’s is 21 and up though. We figure this is true because they want appeal to older clubbers (21-30ish). Bailey’s is a great place to go too. They’re also two floors. There will be good local live music on the first floor a lot of nights, and dancing upstairs. Last Tuesday the 2nd floor was packed and was soo much fun. You have to keep in mind, dancing here is a little different than in the states. There’s a lot of bouncing and dancing around each other, whereas in the states it’s mostly grinding.

Wednesday+Saturday: So, Wednesday’s tend to be more populated than Saturdays, but there about the same. A lot of local students go home on the weekend, so Saturdays tend to be populated with the young working population. Wednesday’s are chill as well. They’re usually a mix of college students and the younger working population. Most places are easy enough to get into. Good music no matter where you g, that’s what’s really matters.

Fridays: Fridays are only really different because most places are 21 and up. A lot of the clubs are impossible to get into if you aren’t old enough. Although I’ve managed my way in by being a nice little America (strict with their rules here aren’t they). Baileys tends to be 21 and up, but if its earlier or a slow Friday they’ll let some younger people in. (side note, I’m 2 months away from being 21, so I can sneak around a lot of the age limits around here). Your best bet on Fridays is the An Brog (literally means The Shoe in Gaelic), Gorby’s (the small, but very fun club above An Brog), or Mardykes.

Now, having listed a few bars, these are not all the ones I have visited. The thing is, these are the places I like the most, and seem to have the best environment. Also, in the states its typical to bar hop, or at least change venue once or twice before settling in. Around here a lot of people pick one place and stick to it. This also happens because smaller bars close at midnight, and everything else closes at 2. Odd, I know. So at 2 everyone is pouring out into the streets.

Once in the streets a few things will happen. Being Ireland, and no I’m not stereotyping, there are some fights. Too much testosterone and alcohol can make even the nicest of men (or women) idiots. I saw my first fights go down last Tuesday night on the court house steps. A lot of the best bars are on Washington Street, which also houses the court house (with lots of steps). My friends and I were sitting down for a little bit and got a show for free. The steps there also provide a place to meet people. No one really wants to go home by 2, so a lot of people stay around and talk. Even better, there are a couple of very VERY late night fast food places around the same area. So people get their drunk snacks and continue on their way.

If you ever wanted some free, late night entertainment, look no further than Washington Street. There’s bound to be something interesting going on. Haha.

Monday, September 19th, 2011 | Author:

So my first week in Ireland came to a close. My dad and Deb left to Dublin on Wednesday, orientation was Thursday and Friday, and this weekend was left for me to meet some new people and have a few good drinks.

I finally felt better by Friday and was able to get my student ID and take a nice long campus tour. I met a couple new girls during my tour, Katherine, Alison, and Erica. After spending most of the tour talking, Katherine, Alison and I wondered off into the city to get some delicious shakes from Hot Shakes. No lie, there’s probable over 100 flavors there. I got Milky Way. SO GOOD. There are so many options it’s not even funny. You can’t just order chocolate, there’s over 30 chocolate flavors alone. I narrowed my choice down to a few; Milky Way, Rolo, Cadbury, or Twix. Hard decision, I know. There really is no wrong choice.

 

I went out to the bars Saturday night with the same girls. We walked around and looked at a few, but we ended up at a place called Mardyke’s. It’s definitely more of a younger crowd (college age) compared to the other bars. There’s a lot to do there as well. They had a couple bowling lanes, lots of space for Snooker (or pool as we know it), and ping pong tables. The first thing you notice though is the music. I don’t know if it was just that night, but everything they were playing was pop music from the 90’s. The people I was with have now declared that I will have the most awesomely epic birthday party there with tons of 90’s pop music. I sincerely hope they follow through with that promise.

 

Sunday was a big day for me. Chelsea was playing Manchester United… AND I had a full venue of bars in my grasp to go enjoy the match like a good soccer game should be. Sadly, Chelsea lost, but it was a very good game. The bar I was at, SoHo, seemed to be split when it came to supporting either team. I split some absolutely scrumptious nachos with a friend, and had a couple good drinks.

 

All in all, this has been a pretty damn good week. I can’t wait to see how this week goes!

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